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Tom Brady on K&C: I hope Red Sox take care of business vs. Yankees

Ryan Hannable
October 08, 2018 - 12:32 pm

One of the biggest sports storylines in Boston the last few days has been David Price and his struggles in the postseason, as his teams are now 0-10 in games he's started following Saturday's loss to the Yankees.

Appearing on Kirk & Callahan Monday morning, Tom Brady shared his thoughts on there being more pressure in the playoffs. The Patriots quarterback said it is a real thing, but also the playoffs are a time where he's focused the most.

“I think so," he said. "It goes two ways, there is more expectations, especially for the really good players because you are expected to perform at the highest level at the biggest moments. But, you should have probably more focus because you are at the end. And in my view, like when we play in Super Bowls, I have two weeks to prepare. I have done more film study for those games than I will have a chance to do all year. There is more focus on practice and attention to detail. I think that is really an opportunity to elevate yourself.

"If you take advantage of the opportunity, and I know for baseball, best-of-seven you are playing the same team and hopefully you know your opponent inside and out. If you do that, you should have a lot of confidence going into the game that you know exactly what is going to happen and you can anticipate and when you anticipate you can play with confidence. When you play with confidence that is when you should be at your best. I think it is harder earlier in the year, in my view, than it is after you’ve seen all these things play out where you can use your brain, your mind to really anticipate things."

Like the rest of New England, Brady is pulling for the Red Sox against the Yankees. The series is tied at one going into Game 3 Monday night.

"The best teams rise to the occasion and hopefully the Red Sox do," he said. "I know everyone is rooting for them, I certainly am. I hope they take care of business.”

The quarterback also didn't dispute the notion that he gets better when the pressure rises.

“I would say I don’t get worse," he said. "Hopefully you maintain the level of performance that is very typical. I think when I perform in the playoffs it looks like Tom Brady and that is what I want. I try and put a lot of effort into it over the course of the week. When it gets to the playoffs there is a different level of focus because the margin of error is smaller and like I said, the urgency is up. Everyone feels it and you feel it every step that you take over the course of the week in the football building.

"It just elevates more and more from divisional game, championship game, right on to the Super Bowl. It is a great opportunity. I think you relish that, you look forward to it when you are an athlete. You can’t ask for anything more than that than to be at the biggest stage. I think it is just a great opportunity to show everyone what you are capable of at the highest and best level you possibly can."

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